Special Cases: Natural Anomalies and Historical Monsters
|Rating||:||4.98 (755 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||176 Pages|
Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder (LJ 10/1/95) and Jan Bondeson's A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities (LJ 10/15/97).?Douglas McClemont, New YorkCopyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. . But just as often she abandons a theme just as she gets beneath the surface or moves on to another sample before fully examining the specimen before us. From Library Journal Under the guise of cultural studies, humankind's ceaseless fascination with human anomalies has gained a newfound legitimacy, and publishers are producing ever more works to satisfy both the prurient and intellectual ends of the scale. Her thesis?that the collectors and classifiers play as much a role in creating a freak as do the abnormalities?is interesting, if not entirely new, but never truly dev
Gould. This book was inspired by the exhibition Special Cases: Natural Anomali . Rosamond W. Purcell has had her photographs published in numerous books and journals throughout the world, including the Sciences, where she collaborates monthly with Stephen J
Sure to capture the imagination of artists, historians, and anyone with a taste for the perverse, Special Cases is a clever visual history whose pages and pictures reveal the fiipside of what we call normal.. What is a monster? Is it a thing with a hairy face, webbed fingers, and green skin? Or is it simply anything we don't understand? An art book for and about the curious, Special Cases explores humanity's age-old obsession with mythical and literal monstrosity in a way that is not for the faint-hearted. Using photographs she has taken at natural history and anatomical museums, models of her own creation, and artwork from numerous private and public collections, celebrated photographer Rosamond W. Purcell delightedly delves into squeamish subjects such as dwarves, giants, conjoined twins, hairy pe
A Customer said Don't waste your money on this one.. This book was very hard to read, the format was confusing. The material reads like it came from magazine captions. The pictures are mostly line drawings.. J. Rush said Disappointing. I got the feeling he wrote a book around some vacations he took. He references the Mutter Museum multiple times, so if you're really interested in a book on anomalies, look into the Mutter Museum book. Don't waste your money on this one!!. "a mediocre overview of a fascinating subject" according to A Customer. The illustrations are spectacular in Special Cases, and many of the anecdotes are vividly written. But the author also omits much of the subject matter's historical and scientific context, leaving the "special cases" looking more like simple freaks. As well, this book is poorly organized and poorly edited, so that by the end I was completely frustrated with Ms. Purcell.